Auditions for “Refuge: an immersive theatrical experience”
The Department of Theatre and Dance will hold auditions for REFUGE, an immersive theatrical experience written, directed, designed, and composed by Vita Tzykun and David Adam Moore, founders of the NYC-based multimedia art collective GLMMR and UC Davis Granada Artists-in-Residence for Winter 2023.
Ignited by the current crisis in Ukraine, REFUGE draws from Tzykun’s personal experience as a fourth-generation Ukrainian refugee in the 90s and the struggles currently being experienced by her fellow Ukrainians displaced by the Russian invasion. Reaching beyond the scope of current events, REFUGE will explore the question of what home means, not only to refugees, but to all of us.
Is home a place, or a place inside us? What would you grab if you had a single suitcase and 15 minutes to leave your home forever? How do we comfort ourselves in times of distress and displacement?
Through the language of movement, spoken word, walk-through immersive environments, live music, and interactive experiences, REFUGE will deal with the universal, yet sharply relevant, subjects of home; belonging; ties to one’s heritage, language, and cultural identity; stability vs. chaos; separation; grief; and hope.
Tzykun and Moore are looking to create a diverse ensemble of 8-10 actors, dancers, and musicians of various ages. Performers will work closely with one another and the technical crew to create an ever-evolving world that guides the audience through the experience of moving from place to place in search of refuge. This will involve morphing in and out of characters, shifting scenery in the background, creating live sound effects, and creating incidental music through structured improvisation. Using old and new technology, the environment will shift between naturalistic and surreal as we explore both the lack of security and the inner worlds that bring us comfort in distress.
Rehearsals will generally take place 6-10 p.m. on weekdays and 12-6 p.m. on Saturdays from Jan. 10 to Feb. 16, with technical rehearsals taking place from Feb 17 to March 1. Shows will take place on March 2, 3 and 4. While not everyone will be called to all rehearsals at all times, it is important that whoever auditions is prepared to be available during those rehearsal times. If you have conflicts, please let us know in advance.
Video Audition Submission (5 minutes max) must be submitted by 10 a.m. Nov. 28 prior to the Zoom auditions:
1. Please say your name and your major, and briefly describe your previous performance experience.
2. If available, please provide a video or audio link to a previous performance that you feel represents you well.
3. Please share a special skill or talent (ventriloquism, ballet, boxing, beatboxing, clowning, breakdancing, tap dancing, acrobatics, playing a musical instrument, juggling, singing, etc.). Nothing is too nichey, mundane, or strange. Imagine that you are submitting a clip for a bizarre parallel universe version of “America’s Got Talent.”
Zoom Live Audition (10 minutes):
Zoom auditions will take place between 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Nov. 28 and 29. *Auditions will be recorded for internal use only. During your audition we will explore the following: movement and characterization, musical timing and sense of harmony (not required for all characters).